Wicked has hit an important West End milestone this week by becoming the 10th longest-running show currently playing in London.

Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba in Wicked

Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba in Wicked

The multi award-winning musical has played over 3,000 performances at its Apollo Victoria home since opening in London in September 2006, and been seen by over 5 and a half million people.

Wicked has taken the 10th slot of the West End’s Top 10 longest-running shows currently in production when previous Number 10 – We Will Rock You – closed at the Dominion Theatre on Saturday (31 May 2014).

The Exec Producer of Wicked, Michael McCabe, said in a statement that: “We are extremely proud to be joining such legendary shows as The Mousetrap, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera as one of the 10 longest running productions in the West End. It is an incredible new milestone for Wicked and we greatly appreciate the continuing support of theatregoers.”

Now in its 8th year in London, Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

The current London cast includes Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba, Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Sue Kelvin as Madame Morrible and Martyn Ellis as The Wizard.

Around the world, Wicked has already been seen by 40 million people and has 9 productions currently running including the original Broadway production at the Gershwin Theatre.

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10 LONGEST RUNNING SHOWS NOW PLAYING IN THE WEST END

1. The Mousetrap, St. Martin’s Theatre
2. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre
3. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre
4. The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre
5. Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre
6. The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre
7. Stomp, Ambassadors Theatre
8. Billy Elliot The Musical, Victoria Palace Theatre
9. The 39 Steps, Criterion Theatre
10. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre

Information by The Society of London Theatre as at 1 June 2014.

10 LONGEST RUNNING SHOWS IN WEST END HISTORY

1. The Mousetrap, St. Martin’s Theatre
2. Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre
3. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre
4. The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre
5. Blood Brothers
6. Cats
7. Starlight Express
8. No Sex Please, We’re British
9. The Crazy Gang
10. Chicago